The Trojan Horse Affair podcast examines the case of an anonymous letter that shook Birmingham, England, in 2014. Listeners discover one of the biggest school scandals in British history. This is a story of mystery, terror, and conspiracy. Hamza Syed and Brian Reed host this groundbreaking eight-part podcast series.
The letter claimed that Islamic extremists plotted the infiltration of schools. To many, it seemed like a racist, fearmongering provocation. Hoax or not, the letter caused national panic. It was then that journalism student Hamza Syed set out to meet American reporter Brian Reed. Together they would uncover hidden details of the Trojan Horse Scandal.
The hosts share their challenges and unravel mysteries in the series. Conversations with flustered government officials come to light. As Syed and Reed investigated, they realized that many people in power did not want them asking questions. The hosts continued to persue a topic that it seemed no one wanted to talk about.
This infamous letter ended up altering laws across Great Britain. Yet there was no urgency to investigate who wrote it. Syed and Reed seek to determine what took place in Birmingham. They also consider what these events mean about British life in the 21st century.